After being out of the office for three days at the end of last week I decided to nip in today to clear up a few things and make sure my Monday was a little less stressful. I know it is Sunday and for many there would be no way you would get them into work but in 2015 the definition between working week and weekend isn’t as clear as it used to be.
I was working through a few things when I noticed at least two of the team were online. This isn’t a requirement from the role but one was trying to do something that had been problematic on Friday, and the other was on call clearing some work. It reminded me of how working in the current era is a 24/7 commitment.
There are obvious problems with this. It can lead to burnout as people do more and more hours of work and lose that work/life balance. They can feel required to do increasing hours, particularly as many teams are shrinking to save money. And some employers can begin to take advantage of those willing to keep working.
But I prefer to focus on the positive aspects. The world of work is no longer something that happens Monday to Friday, and so we need flexibility in our lives. Advances in technology are also making it easier to work when suits us and not just between 9 and 5. It means we can have a working day that can vary.
Professional communicators have to be clear that their work is always going to be 24/7. Media, social media, and managing reputation happen every minute of every day and there must be an understanding when you go into communication roles that flexibility is key. It is the variety that makes the work so interesting and enjoyable so I may have been in on Sunday but I wouldn’t have it any other way.